Vivek Ramaswamy reveals the criteria for endorsing candidates: it must be their “moral duty” to the citizens of the United States – LSB

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First on Fox – Former Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy reveals his criteria for endorsing other political candidates in what he calls the American Truth Pledge.

Speaking with Fox News Digital, Ramaswamy said he received a “flood of incoming endorsement requests” after he suspended his 2024 campaign last month and threw his support behind former President Trump. But to win him over, they must share “some basic ideals” that have been key themes in his “America First” presidential bid.

“I don’t want to make these decisions in a one-time way,” Ramaswamy said in an interview. “I want to make it a systematic way to say that if someone gets an endorsement, to me that means we jointly endorse some of the core ideals that we stand for.”

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Vivek Ramaswamy at the Iowa caucus

Vivek Ramaswamy, former Republican Party candidate, revealed the criteria for endorsing the American Truth Pledge. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnick)

The American Truth Pledge includes four broad categories. The first reads “The people we elect to run the government must actually run the government,” the second is “The first and only moral duty of U.S. leaders is to the citizens of the United States,” and the third is “Public service is about serving the public, not serving the public.” “Ourselves”, and the final text says “The absence of national pride represents an existential threat to our nation’s future – we must fill this void.”

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Within the categories are bullet points for things Ramaswamy campaigned on such as reducing the size of the federal government by 75% and supporting a requirement that high school seniors pass a civics test so they can vote.

“If people agree with a lot of the vision I shared during my campaign for president, that will be the basis for the advocacy I make,” Ramaswamy said.

Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy

Ramaswamy says those seeking his endorsement should share many of the ideals he championed during his campaign in the Republican primary. (Christian Monterrosa/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

“And so when I support people in races across this country, big and small, that way people all over this country can know what that means. It’s not just that I have a friend or a friend that I think is a good friend,” he continued. A guy or a girl. This means that we stand for a shared set of ideals, which happen to be the ideals on which this country was founded in 1776.

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The biotech entrepreneur defied expectations when he first joined the race in February 2023 with virtually no name recognition, beating out big-name Republicans like South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and former Vice President Mike Pence.

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American businessman Vivek Ramaswamy (right) supports Republican presidential candidate former US President Donald Trump during a campaign event at Atkinson Resort and Country Club in Atkinson, New Hampshire, on January 16, 2024. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP via Getty Images)

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Ramaswamy suspended his campaign after a disappointing performance in the Iowa caucus and quickly endorsed the GOP front-runner.

During a campaign rally last month, Trump raised a possible role for Ramaswamy on his team.

“He’s going to work with us and he’s going to work with us for a long time,” Trump told his supporters.

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